Boost for employment and training in Victoria

Boost for employment and training in Victoria

  • Published on Tuesday 9 February, 2016
  • 2 min. to read


The Victorian Government has recently announced the following initiatives, focusing on improving employment and training opportunities for Victorians.

First Victorian Skills Commissioner appointed

In December, it was announced that Neil Coulson had been named the state’s first Skills Commissioner. The position will see him working closely with industry to ensure Victorians obtain the skills the industry needs.

The Skills Commissioner’s role will include:

  • Creating strategies to address skills shortages, meet workforce training needs and improve productivity for employers and industry
  • Analysing the training needs of existing and emerging industries to ensure a capable workforce is established in Victoria
  • Promoting the training pathways available that lead to jobs and skills development in the workforce

Find out more about Victoria’s new Skills Commissioner here.

Skills and Jobs Centres to open in Melbourne CBD

Funding to establish three Skills and Jobs Centres in Melbourne was also announced in December.

The new hubs will be located at CAE, Degraves Street, at RMIT’s city campus and at William Angliss Institute.

The hubs will be the first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill or upskill, as well as unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement.

The centres will also provide an opportunity to link employers with suitable job seekers.

A Skills and Jobs Centre has already been opened in Werribee, with another due to open in Geelong in February 2016.

More information about Victoria’s Skills and Jobs Centres can be found here